Marie J. is a businesswoman who makes a living selling provisions and other cooking items at the central market in her town, which is named Bo. She has been in this line of work for 20 years, while her husband makes a living as a tailor. They have eight children. Marie is applying for a loan to buy supplies in bulk from a wholesaler. She has an outstanding credit history and is a member of a loan group. She will use the increased income made possible by this loan to pay for the schooling of her children and complete work on her new store.
About the Association or Rural Development
The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.